The Miami-Thompson Trail runs from the boundary road between the RM of Thompson and the RM of Lorne near Deerwood to northern terminus of Ridge Road, to boundary road with the RM of Stanley. This area is unique in that it highlights Manitoba’s escarpment – one of the few features on our landscape that predates the lost glacier. This area provides amazing viewpoints to be enjoyed by all.
The Miami Thompson Trail links with the Lorne Trail about one mile west of Deerwood, where it follows a creek down the escarpment as it runs northeast through private land then along municipal roads that angle back southeast along the base of the escarpment. Then it heads directly south passing near the site of the old Lone Tree Ski Slide (near the Trestle Bridge), to the Wayside Park on Wiener Hill on the north side of Highway #23. There are several excellent views of the Red River Valley Lowlands from the top of the escarpment including the view from the Wayside Park. At the bottom of Wiener Hill the trail crosses Highway #23 and descends to the Tobacco Creek footbridge near the Mountain Glen School site (1902 -1950). When ascending the Tobacco Creek Ravine you are provided with another panoramic view. The trail continues east for 3 miles and then one mile north into the town of Miami, then southeast again passing through fertile farm land (former Tall Grass Prairie). As it turns east it passes the Dunston Cairn marking one of the earliest settlements in the area, the town of Nelsonville (1877 -1885) before linking up with the Stanley Trail in the adjacent municipality.
- Manitoba’s Escarpment
- Views of the Red River Valley
- Tobacco Creek Ravine
- Fertile farm land
- Duston Cairn